Tip: Watch out for autonomous body parts. These are body parts that move on their own without thought. Unless your character is “Thing” from The Addams Family, they can’t do this. Instead of: her fingers sifted through his hair. Go with: She sifted her fingers through his hair.

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”- Stephen King

Teaser: You buy an antique desk. While cleaning it, you find a hidden cache containing an old letter and a map. The name on the letter is a family you recognize. What do you do?